Amid Goodwill’s probe of possible data theft, local branch said no evidence of breach
July 22, 2014 9:54 PM
The new Goodwill Southwest Pennsylvania in Heidelberg.
Bertha Heintz of Cecil shops with granddaughters Harley Heintz, 9, left, and Kayla Heintz, 11, at Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s retail store in the former Prizant’s Carpets location on U.S. Route 19.
By Joyce Gannon / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
While Goodwill Industries International is investigating a possible theft of customers’ credit card data, the Pittsburgh branch of the national nonprofit said it does not believe any of its stores or customers were affected.
“There is absolutely no evidence of any security breach in the Pittsburgh area,” said David Tobiczyk, vice president of marketing and development for Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania. “We have not been notified by any law enforcement or been made aware of any compromised customer data at this time.”
Goodwill, based in Rockville, Md., said federal authorities contacted the organization Friday with information about a possible data theft. According to published reports, several financial institutions linked fraudulent purchases to credit cards that were used at Goodwill stores in 21 states.
Goodwill operates more than 2,900 thrift stores, including 26 in southwestern Pennsylvania and five in north central West Virginia that are part of the local Goodwill store network.
The stores sell donated clothing and household goods and use the proceeds to fund job training and other programs.
Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania uses a third-party provider, C&K Systems based in Chesapeake, Va., to handle its point-of-sale purchases.
“So we don’t hold any of [our customers’] credit card information in our computers,” said Mr. Tobiczyk.
“We’re feeling like this is a situation that’s not going to involve us, and we hope it stays that way.”
The most recent high-profile consumer security breach involved giant retailer Target but may have had its roots in a cyberattack at a Pittsburgh-area business that makes commercial refrigeration and heating systems.
After millions of Target shoppers’ credit accounts were hacked during the 2013 holiday shopping season, Fazio Mechanical Services of Sharpsburg said it was a part of a federal investigation into whether network credentials stolen from Fazio’s system were used to break into Target’s network.
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